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The Fall of Tajikistan’s Opposition
March 01, 2020

The Fall of Tajikistan’s Opposition

By Edward Lemon
President Emomali Rahmon has consolidated power by leading a merciless campaign against any opposition.
Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: Time to Lower the Threshold?
February 28, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: Time to Lower the Threshold?

By Colleen Wood
Recent electoral reforms could incentivize corrupt campaigning, but is the answer to overhaul the new rules?

An Increasingly Isolated Iran Tries to Control Virus Crisis
February 27, 2020

An Increasingly Isolated Iran Tries to Control Virus Crisis

By Associated Press
Iran is battling to control an outbreak of the new coronavirus, with experts worried that it is underreporting both cases and deaths.

The Green Steppe? Kazakhstan and Its Green Energy Future
February 26, 2020

The Green Steppe? Kazakhstan and Its Green Energy Future

By Wilder Alejandro Sanchez
Can gas and oil-dependent Kazakhstan increase its reliance on greener energy sources?

How Iran and Turkey Compete in Central Asian Trade
February 25, 2020

How Iran and Turkey Compete in Central Asian Trade

By Omid Rahimi and Ali Heydari
A closer look at how two pivotal players factor into subregional dynamics in this domain.
Arrests at Rallies as Kazakhstan Contemplates New Protest Law 
February 25, 2020

Arrests at Rallies as Kazakhstan Contemplates New Protest Law 

By Catherine Putz
As many as 200 were arrested for attending a pair of unsanctioned rallies. Meanwhile, a proposed law promises more of the same.

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: An Open Field
February 25, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: An Open Field

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan will have parliamentary elections in October; party fractionalization means the race is anyone’s game.
Demolitions Threaten Uzbekistan’s Historical Heritage
February 20, 2020

Demolitions Threaten Uzbekistan’s Historical Heritage

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
With development mushrooming across Uzbekistan, the country's historic quarters are at risk.

Kyrgyz-Chinese Joint Venture Scrapped After Protests
February 20, 2020

Kyrgyz-Chinese Joint Venture Scrapped After Protests

By Catherine Putz
A deal with China to build a $275 million logistics center in Naryn region has been cancelled. 

Is Kazakhstan Nipping Opposition in the Bud?
February 19, 2020

Is Kazakhstan Nipping Opposition in the Bud?

By Catherine Putz
Arrests and arson delay Kazakh opposition groups from gathering.

William Seitz on Uzbekistan’s Propiska Problem
February 19, 2020

William Seitz on Uzbekistan’s Propiska Problem

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan has one of the lowest rates of internal migration in the world, in part due to its registration system.
Before and Beyond 5G: Central Asia’s Huawei Connections
February 19, 2020

Before and Beyond 5G: Central Asia’s Huawei Connections

By Umida Hashimova
Huawei and Central Asian countries have special and long-lasting relations that are here to stay. 

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